The questions on whether or not he’s too previous and too old-fashioned to narrate to the trendy fun-loving participant adopted Tony La Russa into Yankee Stadium on Friday night time.
La Russa’s defiant defense of the unwritten rule that thou shalt not be oblivious to a 3-0 take sign come hell or excessive place participant on the mound and his public scolding of Yermin Mercedes, even after he homered with two outs in the ninth Monday to offer the White Sox a 16-4 lead, ignited a firestorm and supplied fodder for the mob calling for the supervisor’s 76-year-old head.
La Russa’s sportsmanship and respect-for-the-game protection fell on many deaf ears, some of them inside his own clubhouse.
But a fellow Hall of Fame coach in a distinct sport may hear his longtime buddy loud and clear.
“I understand why he did what he did,” Bill Parcells instructed The Post. “He’s not trying to rub the other team’s nose in it. That’s what that’s about.”
Understand that the previous New York Giants champion relishes being requested to weigh in on a matter with out having all of the information immediately at his disposal as a lot as he did enjoying with out Lawrence Taylor.
But he is aware of sufficient about La Russa to say: “Whatever he did, I’m sure he thought it was in the best interest.”
La Russa continued to double down on his worth system on Friday, saying: “That’s why I made it a point to explain the 3-0 deal. Once they understood, it’s just a matter of opinion, but they knew where I was coming from and I was coming from a place that’s really meant to protect our team.”
He requested reporters on his Zoom name: “Do you feel like you should respect your profession, and do you feel like you should respect your peers?”
Parcells met La Russa for the primary time at Yankee Stadium when Buck Showalter was the Yankees’ supervisor and La Russa managed the Athletics. Parcells and former Packers normal supervisor Ron Wolf, and generally Indiana basketball legend Bobby Knight, would cease in and observe and chat with La Russa in spring coaching when he managed the Cardinals.
“He’s very meticulous,” Parcells mentioned. “I’ve seen the things that they work on, some of the details, some of the situational stuff. I’ve seen a lot of baseball and not everybody does it like he does it. He covers all the bases. … He’s a very, very astute, intelligent guy.”
La Russa final managed the 2011 World Series champion Cardinals previous to his surprise hiring in October by White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.
“It didn’t surprise me,” Parcells mentioned. “It surprised me that he did at that age, but I know how much he loves the game and he wants to be on the field. That’s where he belongs. That’s where he’s at his best.”
Parcells was VP of Football Operations with the Dolphins at a time when La Russa was taking a job in 2014 because the Diamondbacks’ chief baseball officer.
“We talked about this,” Parcells mentioned. “I went to the Dolphins and he was gonna go to Arizona, and we had a conversation, and I said, ‘Tony, you’re not gonna like it.’ And he said, ‘Why not?’ I said, ‘Because your eyes see too much. You know what’s going on and you can’t control the situation.’ I felt the same way when I was at Miami. I didn’t like it. I couldn’t stop things that I knew were gonna wind up being a negative for us.”
Parcells remembers La Russa telling him he deliberate on shifting Cardinals outfielder Skip Schumaker to second base. It resonated with Parcells, who had an uncanny knack for placing his gamers in positions at which even they themselves didn’t know they might succeed.
“He had the vision for the person that can fill these jobs,” Parcells mentioned. “He knows what he’s looking for.”
But can he relate to right now’s participant?
“Can I ask you a question?” Parcells mentioned. “What place are they in?”
First place in the AL Central.
“Oh, OK,” Parcells mentioned.
Is he shocked?
“I’m never surprised with this guy,” Parcells mentioned. “I know he’s a great manager. His work proves that.”
La Russa claiming he had no downside with Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey throwing behind Mercedes the following night introduced extra head-shaking his approach.
“Are we supposed to start a range war now?” Parcells mentioned.
As for the state of La Russa’s clubhouse, Tim Anderson mentioned: “Tony’s like that dad, we’re like his kids, we’re like the bad kids that don’t listen, but we all get along.”
Parcells deliberate on watching this marquee Yankees-White Sox sequence.
“Tony La Russa’s a guy I admire a lot,” he mentioned. “I think he’s a terrific baseball man.”
What would the Hall of Fame soccer coach with two New York Giants Super Bowl rings inform the critics about his Hall of Fame supervisor buddy with three World Series rings?
“You obviously don’t know the subject matter,” Parcells mentioned.